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After hearing the ghostly sound of Tall Heights, we knew we had to take our latest session in a slightly different direction than usual. It's a wonderful, collaborative thing when the artist we're working with makes music that's powerful enough to impact the direction we take with the cameras.

The Boston-based progressive folk act blew us away when they visited Baeble HQ last month. Tim Harrington played an acoustic guitar while Paul Wright added a cinematic edge with his cello over shimmery percussion. The two harmonized for nearly the entirety of the performance, making it feel like one big, fulfilling exhale, something that Local Natives or even Bon Iver would be proud of. As they played songs "Spirit Cold," "No Man Alive," and more off of their 2016 LP Neptune, a wave of chills washed over the office. The music is eerie and, for lack of a better word, pretty, but it doesn't lose that euphoric feeling that we love so much. Every song feels like an anthem, as they weave through meticulous details like the velocity of each guitar strum.

What you're about to enjoy is a gorgeous black and white video with crisp contrast and gorgeous music. Beautiful and dramatic.

Pick up the band's new album Neptune, HERE.

Transcript

How do I wake my spirit cold? We always say when our history's told
If only we knew the things we know There's a question ages old
Let me down easy, let me down slow If all good things ever come and go
Let me back down in a place I know Hold the nail for the hammer stroke
Oh, this my trash, this my tome Oh, this my blood, this my bone
How do I learn my dreams to mold To lay them bare in the morning cold?
If they're still out there then the chasm grows
For all you know, for all you've known
Let me down easy, let me down slow If all good things ever come and go
Let me back down in a place I know Hold the nail for the hammer stroke
Oh, this my weapon, this my loam Oh, this my blood, this my bone
How do I wake my spirit cold? Most people die but others just go
She's still out there and the chasm grows
Steady are the feet in the morning glow
Oh, this my trash, this my tome Oh, this my weapon, this my loam
Oh, this my mountain, this is my home
How do I wake my spirit cold? There's a question ages old
Spirit Cold and it's awesome to hear from people about what the song has meant to them, it's huge.
I think we thought of it as a single going into recording andit's one that we released on Neptune, that we had included on the previous EP, Holding On, Holding Out.
So we had put some folks on it, but yeah, we hope people discover the rest of the record too.
- I think we just wanted Spirit Cold to exist in the same space and on the same planet as everything else on Neptune.
We wanted Spirit Cold to just be another player in the same uniform, not this, like, outlier sonically, so we mixed it that way.
- Yeah.
We're excited about the rest of the record and we wanted to make something that, start to finish, was emotionally specific and hoping that those emotional responses were...could vary listener to listener but that it took you somewhere specific.
And I think they're a lot of cool moments in the rest of the record that do that.
You know I think it was born of a feeling
that I got when I left from your home
Then it turned into something repeating and I couldn't let it alone
Who'd have known that I'd ever be reeling simply from being on my own
Oh, I craved and I craved and I craved and I craved
to get back that feeling I'd known
With the way you were looking that evening
when you showed me out to your door
Oh, I felt like we'd both been caught stealing
from the garden your parents had grown
It's a long way from Earth to the heavens but I didn't care anymore
I just waited and waited and waited and waited
until I could get you alone
Who ever heard such a voice of excitement?
No man alive had ever been there
Staking our claim on an uncharted island Ooh, it was too much to bear
No man alive had ever been there
Well, we didn't make it together but I didn't go on alone
See, the feeling was no longer tethered to the sweetheart it used to call home
Now it spread like a blanket of heather, covering soil and stone
Oh, it bid me to lay with a bird of a feather
and then to set out on my own
Who ever heard such a voice of excitement?
No man alive had ever been there
Staking our claim on an uncharted island Ooh, it was too much to bear
No man alive had ever been there
Who ever heard such a voice of excitement?
No man alive had ever been there
Staking our claim on an uncharted island Ooh, it was too much to bear
No man alive had ever been there
I think it was born of a feeling that I got when I left from your home
Oh, I waited and waited and waited and waited
to get back that feeling I'd known
The dog days of August And a feeling of being awake
Oh my God, my whole damn world's Hotel walls and mind decay
How come I never got used to The feeling of sleeping in a cage?
Too long driving, too damn hungry A tied-up hound but nothing stays
Never swam a river wider wider Couldn't climb a building taller
Never seen a morning rising brighter
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Never tasted sweeter cellar cider
Couldn't hold a hammer stronger Never had a need for shining china
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
I sit right where I used to My desk chair in a corner in a haze
Oh my God, my whole damn world's A smoked out pine in a sonic blaze
I still have direction But I'm digging in my thoughts all day
I see the devil like I used to I hear my rhythm out of phase
Never swam a river wider wider Couldn't climb a building taller
Never seen a morning rising brighter
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Never tasted sweeter cellar cider
Couldn't hold a hammer stronger Never had a need for shining china
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Never swam a river wider wider Couldn't climb a building taller
Never seen a morning rising brighter
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Never tasted sweeter cellar cider
Couldn't hold a hammer stronger Never had a need for shining china
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh
ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
- River Wider is a song of touring, just the experiences of being on the road and the highs and lows and how this amazing thing happens when you are doing something that you feel is satisfying, like a larger meaning.
Even when it gets really, really hairy and shitty, it's still fulfilling.
Whereas even, like, the best parts of a pursuit that drains your soul, it's still soul draining.
You know what I mean? So that's sort of what that song is about.
Our new record, it's called Neptune.
I just hope that people get into it, Right now, I'm mostly just wishing more people could hear the whole thing, because, I actually, I really do think that we made a very special collection of songs.
I think it's not a one song record, I think it's deeper than that.
ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh
The night sky had broken, the new year had spoken
I was beside myself, I stood out in the cold
In an empty parking lot, my breath was streaming hot
I willed the car to start to bring me home to you
Oh, and lead me back from the darkness like you do
Before I knew you, I lived in the rearview
To wish back an image of myself I thought was true
So now when colors fade and on that day of days
I needed you to say it wasn't one to rue
Oh, and lead me back from the darkness like you do
ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh
Headlights and cold rain distorting the dark panes
Wipers clicking and my thoughts they followed suit
I felt like Willy Loman, the mighty plans I'd spoken
Guess they were illusions of a man who dreamed too big
Oh, but I remember you dancing in autumn when we met
You won't believe I saw it then so many years ago
There was something about you I struggled to forget
My blood was rushing down to you
You were leadin' me back from the darkness like you do
Leadin' me back from the darkness like you do
Leadin' me back from the darkness like you do
Leadin' me back from the darkness like you do
Oh, leading me back like a horse to water knowing I'd refuse
Oh, 'cause you're a wanderer too
ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh

Artist Bio

Getting there is half the fun, as the old saying goes, but the journey is really the whole point for Boston progressive-folk duo Tall Heights. And singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright have had one hell of a journey, starting from playing simple acoustics on the streets of Boston to reaching Sony Music Masterworks, for which they are releasing their biggest, brightest, and riskiest work thus far. Neptune, out August 19, is the bands latest step in the ongoing evolution of their sound and style.

Neptune is backed with pristine vocal harmonies and splattered with surprises: theres subtly chugging electric guitar and a spare descending bass line on Iron in the Fire, ethereal synthesizers and a spacious drum part on Spirit Cold, a brittle splash of percussion to open Backwards and Forwards and feedback created by two cellphones on Cross My Mind. The album is clearly the product of a long journey, but whether its Tall Heights final destination remains unclear. "I can hear the evolution happening," Harrington says. "I feel like were walking across a bridge from one place to another, and maybe Ill always feel that way, but Im really happy with how were moving."

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